The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) was established in 1973 with a clear mandate to promote the production and dissemination of multidisciplinary social research by African scholars. It was tasked with the responsibility of doing this simultaneously with an investment of effort in transcending the various barriers of language, geography, discipline, gender and generation that hamper cross-national African networking for the advancement of science. In the early years of the existence of the Council, most of its energies were, naturally, invested in the definition and implementation of the pan-African research strategy and agenda that inspired its founding and which was at the core of its mandate. To be sure, the results of the research which it supported were published and distributed within the limits of the modest resources available to the Council in its infancy. It was much later, however, that a concerted effort was made to develop a comprehensive publications programme and strategy which culminated in the recruitment of full time professionals and senior scholars dedicated to the production of books, the creation of outlets for academic debates and the promotion of a journals programme, all this drawing heavily but not exclusively on the results of research emanating from the networks sponsored by the Council. This expansion and consolidation of the publications programme necessarily called for painstaking attention to policy on such issues as editorial philosophy and direction, institutional identity, the peer review process, quality control, and distribution and dissemination. This document presents the core elements of the revised, updated, and codified statement of mission, objectives and practices of the publications and dissemination programme of the Council. The policy framework remains faithful to the ideals for which CODESRIA was established and it seeks to enhance the reach, diversity, visibility and quality of research produced from perspectives that are shaped by the contexts and experiences of the peoples of Africa.